6th Class School Tour

6th class went on their school tour to Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre. An account by Steeva Mathew:

“On June 8th, 2017,  6th class ventured on our school tour to the Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre. At first we thought it was a little too close to home, but we were assured of a great day. We were not disappointed. We had a lot of fun doing rock climbing, archery, orienteering and a river walk. Before our trip, we thought this river walk may consist of simply walking through a river….we were very wrong! The instructors gave us lots of challenges to do along the way. We had to put ourselves underwater and had to try to go behind a waterfall. The instructors were very friendly and helped us through all the activities. At the end of the river trip we were encouraged to jump into the water. This was great fun! During some point of the day it started raining, but we hardly noticed!!  We had a lot of fun on our school tour to Kilfinane. It was a wonderful way to spend one of our last days in primary school.”

 

 

 

 

South Final Camogie and Hurling Champions

Congratulations to the girls’ camogie team who won the South Final Cup under the captaincy of Chantelle. The girls defeated a very talented Bruree team, to become the South Champions. They will now play a team from West next Tuesday in the County Semi Final.

 

Congratulations to the boys’ hurling team who won the South Final Cup, defeating their neighbours, Bruree. They represent the  South in the County Semi Final next Wednesday in Rathkeale. Well done to all the boys and their captain, Sean.

Many thanks to their trainers Mike Barron, John English and Enda Kelly.

Crowning of Our Lady

The Crowning of Our Lady is a long held tradition in our school. This year Our Lady was crowned by Maria.  Well done to the 2nd class who looked wonderful in their communion outfits, to the 6th class students who conducted the ceremony and to all the pupils who honoured Our Lady with their flowers.

BizWorld Enterprise Programme

Pupils in 6th class were given a 2 day workshop in business skills by the Bank of Ireland last October. The aim of the workshop was to teach them about how to run a company. Each group had to create a new product and present in”Dragons’ Den” style.

One group from our 6th class were chosen as the Regional winners with their product, The Cattle Protector.

They were invited to present their idea at the Enterprise Town weekend, where they met Daithí O Sé. A group from 5th class were also awarded with a prize at this event also, Eabha, Roisin and Katie. They created an information leaflet on using the Internet wisely.

The 6th class group were invited to present their idea in Mary Immaculate College on May 18th. Here they met other regional winners and competed for a place in the National finals. Sadly the competition was strong and they did not get a place in the finals.  Well done to Sean, Clement,Christian,James and Sean.

River Loobagh Wildlife Study

Scoil Mocheallóg  engaged in a river walk with biodiversity expert, Geoff Hunt.  They visited their local river, the River Loobagh in Kilmallock. The aim of their trip was to learn about the life and food cycle of the river.

This is an account of their trip by 6th class student, Áine Dwane:

On Wednesday 3rd of May,  5th and 6th class in our school took part in a river walk to learn about the wildlife and food cycle of the river.  We were really looking forward to a hands-on experience and a chance to learn about the life in the river that we may never have noticed!  For our exploration, we were equipped with nets to catch the creatures, trays and basins to store the creatures we found and sample containers to examine the creatures.

To begin, Geoff explained the first stage of the food cycle- the plants growing in the river. The first plant we studied was the river crowfoot. The second stage of the food cycle refers to the underwater creatures. Geoff instructed us that the best method to catch the creatures was to scoop your net in and out of the crowfoot swiftly as many creatures’ habitats lie beneath the crowfoot. Another method that Geoff showed us was to select a loose rock in the water and dislodge it while having your net facing the flow of the river, ready to catch any creatures that were lodged beneath the rock.

We discovered many water creatures, with the help of Geoff’s clever techniques. We saw lots of minnows which are a common fresh water fish. Unlike the common minnows,  the crayfish were very scarce and we saw very few of them. Crayfish cannot tolerate polluted water. We also caught fresh water shrimps which are recyclers, as they eat dead plants. That means that they are known as detritivores. We were lucky to come across some and mayflies (both nymph and sub-adult) who live in streams and rivers. They have a very short lifespan, only living for a few days when they reach adult hood. They get the name mayfly from the fact that they fly from May to September. Another creature we encountered was the caddisfly nymph. The caddisfly builds their home by sticking stones and twigs together using silk. They then wrap it around themselves. Caddisflies are also herbivores as they consume the algae that grows on the stone. We also located lamprey and stickle back fish.

We learned about more plant life near the River Loobagh. Along with the crowfoot on the surface of the water, Geoff also pointed out the stems of irises on the river bank, though unfortunately, they were not in bloom yet. On the route to the river, we noticed a very invasive plant which previously we had learned about in school. This plant is called Japanese knotweed. It can be a major threat to houses and buildings near-by as its roots can break through solid materials such as tarmac and concrete. Geoff explained to us that in order to remove this plant, the owner of the land has to hire professionals to dispose of it properly.

The third stage of the food cycles involves the birds, who were watching the activity from a short distance. Swallows were the only birds on view this day, but another time we may be lucky enough to see a heron or even a kingfisher along the banks.

After about an hour, we returned to the classroom knowing a lot more about our local river. Geoff summarised what we had seen and explored. We even drew pictures of three of the creatures. At the end of the day, we had the opportunity to view many of the creatures which we had caught through the microscope, in great detail.

We would like to thank Geoff Hunt for our wonderful experience. All the class had great fun and learned many facts about our local river, the Loobagh.

By Áine Dwane, 6th class